Well, except if you're the equine phenom that is Zenyatta.
The six-year-old mare captured her 17th win in as many career starts, with the last seven coming against Grade 1 competition, by using her patented closing style to storm down the center of the track at Hollywood Park and win the Vanity Handicap for the third time. Sent off as the 1-to-2 favorite, Zenyatta had to call on all her greatness to run down the game St. Trinians, who was bet down to the 2-to-1 second choice in the field of six.
The win sent her career earnings over $6 million and placed her ahead of Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams and Mister Frisky, North American horses who all won 16 races in a row. Pepper’s Pride holds the record with 19 consecutive victories; however those were all accomplished against inferior New Mexico breds.
If all goes to plan, Zenyatta could be on track to close out her career with a 20th consecutive victory as she attempts to repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @mdoche!